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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #90 on: October 15, 2009, 08:51:26 am »
Agreed.  And that is one creepy Facimilitus that showed up in your fanart section.
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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #91 on: October 22, 2009, 05:15:00 pm »


Wee, experimenting with new shading techniques.
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« Reply #92 on: October 22, 2009, 05:34:34 pm »
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« Reply #93 on: October 22, 2009, 06:25:59 pm »
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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #94 on: February 12, 2010, 09:00:13 am »
What's this?  An update?  And it's regarding Kratairian culture?  Absurd!  Unheard of!

Kratairian Numerical System



The Kratairian numerical system is very straight forward in design.  Unlike our own decimal system, the Kratairian numerical system is base-5, one digit for each finger, and a placeholder.



I've had this in mind for quite a while.  I just happened to get bored right now so I finaly opted to do this up.  If I can stay focused enough, expect an alphabet soon and, if I can get the time and the right tools, a useable font.
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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #95 on: May 21, 2010, 11:57:30 am »
Darth Grievi made this.  It is awesome and I am bored at work, thus I shall fill it out.

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Race name: Kratair

Reason or meaning of name: The origins of the word are older than recorded history, which, for them, is a very, very long time.

Nickname(s) given to the race by other races/groups: None

Reason(s) or meanings of nickname(s): Nobody would dare call a Kratair anything but that

Where does this race live?: Expansive spacecraft and stations.

What is the environment around them like?: Artificial.

How have they adapted to it?: They have not.  They adapt it to themselves.

How does it affect them?: Their constant existance in space have made them very adept at operating in that environement.

How is their society organized?: Their society is organized into different levels of hereditary republic.

If there is a hierarchy, what is it based on?: There are different tiers of leadership: District, Ship, Fleet and National.

How do these people govern themselves?: Hereditary Republic.  Government posts are controlled by certain families, but they can be voted out of power if they prove ineffective.

Do they live in an empire?: No.

A league of nations?: No.

How are leaders chosen?: Via election and birthright.

How large is the society?: There are about 16 billion Kratair within the group in contact.  There are believed to still be other, isolated groups existing elsewhere in the galaxy and extragalactic locations.

Is this race the only intelligent species on their world?: Yes, they are the only sapient beings in the fleets.

If so, how do they feel about this? Proud? Lonely? Do they know/care?: After 10,000 years of living in space, it does not bother them.


===Biological Anatomy===


Is the race unicellular or multicellular?: Multicelular

How does the race breathe?: Respiration via a pair of lungs and supporting system.

What is the circulatory system like?: Central, powerful heart and a network of veins and arteries.

What/How does the race eat?: They are primarily carnivorous, but they will suppliment this with other foods from time to time.  An interesting point to note is that Kratairian food and drink is generally much saltier than most other races can handle.

How does the race grow/mature?: Over the course of about 25 years, a Kratair will grow from a hatchling, to a child, to adolescent, to adult.

How do they reproduce?: Mating between a male and female and subsequent egg laying.

Are they warm or cold-blooded?: Warm-blooded

What kind of symmetry does this race possess?: Bilateral

Where are their sense organs located?: Eyes, ears and nose located on head.

What is the body cavity like? Are the organs specialized/highly developed?: The body cavity is contained within the ribcage.  The Kratair's lungs are developed to have a very high capacity and allow the Kratair to hold their breath for as long as 10 minutes.

What kind of structural support does the race have?: They posess a strong, lightweight endoskeleton.

How does your race move?: Bipedal walking

Does it move?: Yes

How does it grip things?: A pair of forearms

Does it have opposable thumbs?: Yes

Or prehensile tails or limbs like an elephant or octopus?: No

From where did the race's "hands" develop?: The forelegs of the Kratair's quadrapedal ancestors.

What kind of opposable thumb do they have?: A single digit opposing the other 3.

Could the hands have evolved from something other than the forefeet?: Potentially their scythlike apendages, which were more handlike at one point, but have since atrophied.

What is the nervous system like?: Large brain protected by skull connected to nervous system.

Does the race have a central nervous system?: Yes.

Is the race intelligent?: Quite.

Do they operate on instinct alone?: No.

Physical Appearance/Physiology: Bipedal, saurian reptile.


===General Anatomy===


Common eye color(s): White, Yellow, Orange, Green

Common hair color(s): N/A

Common skin (or scales, or etc) color(s): Varying shades of grey, with slight blue hues.

Average Height (male/female): 300 cm

Average Weight (male/female): 300 cm

Average type of body/build (male/female): Lean, muscled

Predominate features: Spines, Tail, Neck, Arms, Head

Distinguishing marks (head crests, spots, tails): Spine and stripe layout.  Pigmentation.

Number of Sexes (male, female, neuter, hermaphroditic, etc):  2, male and female.

Number of Gender(s): 2

Means of locomotion: Bipedal walking

Average Lifespan (does it vary according to sex?): ~120 years

Means of reproduction (egg laying, live birth, budding, etc.): Egg laying

Number of children/birth: ~ 2 per clutch.

Number of limbs (arms, legs, tendrils, tails, etc.): 3 arms, 2 legs, 1 tail.

Number of sense organs (eyes, ears, noses, mouths, etc.): 2 eyes, 2 ears, 1 nose.  (Interesting side fact, Kratairs have no sense of taste.)

Most dominate sense (for humans, it tends to be sight): Sight

Other senses (telepathy, pyrokinesis, etc.): None.

Other abilities (flight, increased strength, etc.): High running speed.  Adept swimmer.


===Culture===


Are there subraces/subcultures?: Not anymore.

What are the rules of the society as far as gender is concerned?: The Kratair judge by ability, not based on gender.

How are children treated?: Children are driven to succeed and compete from a young age.

Is there some kind of coming of age ceremony?: Nothing formal, though there is an increasing trend for young Kratair to take some time to explore the worlds of other races upon graduation from the school system.

How does this society educate its children?: From about age 5 until 20, children are required to attend state supported schools.  After 15 years of this, they can either go on to furthur, more specific education for their career of choice, or apply to join the military.

Are children taught by their elders?: At younger ages Kratair are often taught largely by their parents, but upon entering the school system they are taught by profesors and independant research.

Is there a state-supported system of public schools, open to all citizens or are there private institutions open only to certain classes/groups?: There are state funded schools available to all, but those with sufficient connections, wealth or intelligence often opt to enroll in more prestegious private academies.

If there are limits, how well are they enforced?: Applicants to the individual academies are chosen at the discresion of the academy in question.

What sorts of knowledge are unallowed?: Though the Kratair wouldn't call it knowledge, the teaching of religion is strictly prohibited, apart from simpply learning the theory in the context of history.

How severe are the penalties for breaking these laws for the teacher?: Depending on the severity and amount taught, the punishement can range from hefty fines, to lengthy imprisonments, or in extreme cases, execution.

For the student?: If the information is pursued independently or taught by request, punishment tends to be as severe as it would be for a teacher.  Otherwise, they are usually only let off with stiff warnings and counselling to ensure that they do not make the same mistake again.

Do certain professions require different schooling?: Depending on the desired profession of the student, there are a number of varried universities they may attend upon graduation from the standard schooling system, as well as a number of military academies.

What is considered the minimum level of education necessary to be a successful adult?: At the bare minimum the 15 years of mandetory schooling is required, though it is generally considered unwise to just stop there.

How are pregnant females treated?:  Females are not pregnent with eggs for very long before laying, and as such they are not usually given too much special treatment.

How are the elderly treated?: Depending on what they have done over their lives, they can be looked at as valuable repositories of experience and knowledge.

How does this affect the raising of children?: Children often talk to their elders regarding problems, or in order to learn from their experience.

The transmission of knowledge?: All knowledge in Kratairian history is recorded in the Great Library, reaching back to the earliest periods of Kratairian civilization, in meticulous detail.

The concept of lineage and family?: With the use of the Great Library, a Kratair can trace their lineage back thousands of years, and learn of all the deeds and misdeeds of their ancestors.

How does this race view the physically/mentally/emotionally disabled?: So long as you can still function well mentally, physical disability is not seen as being too much of a problem.  Mental disability is often seen as catastrophic.  In the event where they can still function somewhat, they are often assigned simple, drab jobs that others would not want.  In more severe cases, where they would only prove a burden on socitey, they are usually euthanized.

What is considered to be disabled?: Any sort of mental disability is generally very looked down on.  Intellectualism is very important to the Kratair.

What are racial views on intoxication?: From time to time, such as for certain celebrations, the Kratair do partake in intoxicating beverages.

Is there a stigma associated with being intoxicated or is it just part of life or is it viewed as part of a religious ceremony?: It is often just a part of life, used to unwind.

What makes people intoxicated?: There are a variety of beverages available for purchase.

What does this race consider to be deviant behavior?: Religious devoutness is by far the most obvious.

Why are these people considered deviant and is the label fair or not?: The Kratair have fought long and hard to wipe out religious fanatics who would have done the same to them.

What is considered criminal behavior?: The usual.  Theft, murder, religion, arson and whatnot.

How is this crime detected and how is it punished?: The Kratairian fleets are fully equiped with advanced monitoring systems, and staffed with skilled security forces.  Depending on the severity of the crime, punishments can range from community service, right up to the death penelty.

How is marriage arranged?: Marrige is an option that pairs of males and females can opt into, a union demonstrating their commitment to eachother.  Marrige, however, is not required for anything.

Where do married couples/groups live?: Married couples will usually live together, though this is not true in all cases, most noteably when involving members of the Navy.

What is a marriage ceremony like?: It can be simple, or lavish depending on the desires of the couple.

What other ceremonies are important and why?: There are no major ceremonies celebrated, though there are various holidays.

How is death viewed?: Death is a sad occasion, but seen as innevitable, at least for the time being.

What is the funeral ritual?: The deceased is noted as passed in the Great Library, while friends and family record tales and memories of them.  The body is intered in a vaccume sealed caseket and jettisoned, often into stars.

How is grieving handled?: The family and friends will often be upset about the loss for a time, but for the most part life continues as usual.

How long do they last?: Not long.

How is inheritance determined?: Inheritence is determined by legal will or ,in the absence of this, given to the next of kin.

How important is birth order?: There is not too much importance, though first born are generally held in higher regard.

How is the family organized?: Family is generally regarded as immediate reletives.

Who is in charge?: Children usually respect and obey their parents.

How are children named?: Kratair have two names, a given name, and a family name.

Is there some kind of ritual to it?: No.

Does a person's name change through time?: Not usually, though they may change their given name if they so desire.

Are names considered powerful?: Not so much, but some names do carry a lot more history and respect with them, espeically in the case of families who have held polictical posts for a very long time.

Does a person have a private name and a public name?: No.

How does this race relate to other sentient beings?: The Kratair are generally cooly acceptive of other races, though there are a number who are quite xenophobic.

Do they recognize other beings as sentient?: Yes, and respect those who have earned their place among the stars.

How is this race perceived by its enemies and/or allies?: The Kratair are feared and respected as one of the foremost naval powers in known space.

Why are these groups enemies or allies?: The Kratair have aligned themselves with or against a number of races for a variety of reasons.

Have these alliances changed over the years?: Some have, some have not.

What does the race consider to be the ideals of their society?: They see themselves as intellectuals, mediators, and enforcers.

What is the worst thing you could do if you were a member of this race?: Form a religious cult.

What is the best/most noble thing you could do if you were a member of this race?: Win a great military victory or develop some great new technology or science.

What personality traits does this race admire?: Intelligence, bravery, cunning

What personality traits does this race despise?: Stupidity, weakness, religious devoutness

Who or what does this race consider beautiful?: Along with intelligence, bright eyes and vibrant stripes are seen as attractive within the Kratair.

What makes up that image of beauty?: Intelligence should be a given by now, while bright eyes are generally seen as more alive and thoughtfull.  Vibrant stripes on the other hand allow one to stand out more.

What is valuable to this race?: Knowledge, power, history.

Do they like pie?: I suppose they might like meat pies.

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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #96 on: May 21, 2010, 12:34:34 pm »
Nice! So they like Stars huh? 


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« Reply #97 on: May 21, 2010, 08:56:48 pm »
So they like Stars huh? 

They can even generate them!  8)

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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #98 on: June 15, 2010, 07:59:56 am »
I'm at work and I'm bored, so guess what you guys get?

Kratairian Language



The Kratairian language is based around a phonetic alphabet similar to a number of those on Earth.  There are exactly 25 letters, 5 punctuation forms, 5 mathematical signs and 5 digits, for a grand total of 40 standard characers, or 130 by their number system.  Of course, as time has gone on, there developed a need for certain, specialized symbols that are not a part of the commonly used alphabet.  An example of this in our own alphabet would be the "@" symbol.

Each letter is designed for efficency, only consiting of 2 or 3 straight lines of curves.  This is a throwback to when the Kratair still utilized clay tablets for their record keeping, and lines were easier to etch.  The alphabet used by the modern day Kratair is only slightly different from that used by their ancestors.

Unlike languages such as english, there is no distinction between vowels or consanants, with all letters having only a single sound, without being altered by surrounding letters, such as in the case of "ch".  However, certain letter combinations can result in unique sounds, simple due to the way that one letter rolls into the next.  An example of this would be the combination of "kh", which results in a hacking sound, as one might make if they have something stuck in their throat.  In addition to this, they also have a number of letters devoted to sounds unused in most human languages, such as growl or snort noises, a sharp "tht" noise with the tounge and top of mouth, and a tounge click.  A number of said noises can be said while inhaling as well as exhaling.

Due to the fact that each letter is an unchangeable sound, they also have different letters for things where we may only have one an example of this would be the difference between "E" in "see" and "set".

Furthurmore, they do not distinguish between certain sounds as we do nor repeated sounds.  They have no equivalent of the letter "C", as it is represented by "K" or "S".  The "A" sound in "area" and the "E" in "egg" are both also represented with the same letter.

On a side note, as in with some European languages, Kratair's roll their "R"s and "Z"'s are interpreted as "th" sounds.  An example of this would be their city of "Razon", which would be said as "Ra'th'on".

Apart from those distinictions however, the language opperates similarly to our own.  Each word is comprised of a combination of hard and soft letters, divided into sylables.  Punctuation wise, it is most similar to spanish, with notation indicating questions and exclamations at both the beginning and end of the sentance.  Basic statements however, have no notation and are divided from one another with a single mark.

Here we have some examples of basic words.

EnglishRomanized TranslationKratairian
KratairKrater
KratairianKratera
YesAy
NoKhot
Salutation/Farewell'THT'ol
ShipPra'tht'
Fire'GR'a
Captain (Or respectful title similar to "Sir")Tearn
Endearing titlePale
FoolPol'gr'
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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #99 on: June 16, 2010, 03:32:02 am »
martyk just one in the language department! 8)

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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #100 on: June 16, 2010, 05:47:06 am »
Been putting together a working font since yesterday.  Should be able to finish it up today.

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« Reply #101 on: June 16, 2010, 05:54:16 am »
Nice! If you don't mind my asking, how did you make those wonderful letters?

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« Reply #102 on: June 16, 2010, 06:00:32 am »
Those ones I just did up in paint.  The current set I'm working on is using a program called Type Light.  I designed the letters fairly on the fly, simply keeping in mind that the Kratair would use mostly simple, straight lines or gentle curves.  Similar sounding letters have similar appearances.  Harder sounds are mor angular, softer ones more rounded.
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« Reply #103 on: June 16, 2010, 10:25:59 am »
Font is done, as reflected in the updated post about language.  Download it here:

http://www.mediafire.com/?vkimrnovyem

It is called Kratera, which is how the Kratair would write Kratairian.

Bellow you can see a sample of it in action.  I redid my post on their language in Kratera, adjusting letters and punctuation as necessary to make it work with their alphabet.

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Re: The Kratair
« Reply #104 on: June 16, 2010, 09:40:46 pm »
Wow...

Just...

Wow...